A Day of Lessons by Pamela Phelps

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First view of the inside of an old stone schoolhouse in Margretsville, New York, USA, through a broken window.
This school is actually the third on this land.
The first two schools here stood side by side for different grades, they were log buildings. Each burned down mysteriously within weeks of each other.
The land owner across the road sat eating dinner with her husband as the last structure fire smoldered, and was struck with the idea that since they had so many stones on their property, they should build a new schoolhouse made of stone!
Hence the first stone schoolhouse was built in 1820, made of stone and mortar.
However, the mortar that far back did not hold, winter winds blew through the break points of the building, scattering the children’s papers.
The original stone schoolhouse was razed and a new one built in 1860, using many of the same stones, yet with new mortar that would hold to this present day. Images to the right are also of this old landmark.

“Sing like no one’s listening,
love like you’ve never been hurt,
dance like nobody’s watching,
and live like its heaven on earth.”
~Mark Twain

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  • Carol2
    Carol2over 4 years ago

    Beautiful old school house capture!! Thank you for the history!!

  • My pleasure, thanks for viewing!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 4 years ago

    I do love history. Awesome view!!

  • Thanks JR!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 4 years ago
    What a great informative piece of History for this grand old building, excellent shot Pamela
  • Thanks so much Malcolm!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • eaglewatcher4
    eaglewatcher4over 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot — well taken!

  • Thank you!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • paintingsheep
    paintingsheepover 4 years ago

    A really wonderful capture!

  • Thanks so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • FranEvans
    FranEvansover 4 years ago

    What a fascinating history to go with this shot. Very interesting!

  • It did indeed have a rich history! Thanks Fran!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • missmoneypenny
    missmoneypennyover 4 years ago

    This brings back memories :O)

  • Glad it did, thank you!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • biddumy
    biddumyover 4 years ago
    Love those old style classrooms, great story and image!!!
  • Thank you so much!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • barnsis
    barnsisover 4 years ago

    Wow does this bring back memories, in the third grade I went to a one room school with desks exactly like this, this is a step back in time for me.

  • Glad you enjoyed it..oldie but goldie!

    – Pamela Phelps

  • Gloria McAfee-Carver
    Gloria McAfee-...over 4 years ago

    COOL, Pam; now don’t laff; but in 1951, I attended “Round Grove” School near McLouth, KS., my first yr., in a ‘one room’ schoolhouse. Some similarities in all of them, so this is an endearing shot to me. I remember so much, sight, sound, aromas. Was excited to go back to visist yrs. later, was horrified, it was a frame structure and someome had bought & turned it into a norma hs. ;0)

  • Lucky you, so sad when the ruin the old feeling…some around here have been made into modern homes also!

    – Pamela Phelps

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